After a hundred in the third Test against India, Jos Buttler once again showed a robust character in the fifth Test where he pulled the game back in England's favor.
When the hosts were seven down on 198, Buttler switched his game and added quick runs to take them to 332. The right-handed lower order batsman scored 89 important runs.
His partnership with tailenders like Stuart Broad and Adil Rashid was very fruitful for England. No wonder Sunil Gavaskar showered praise on the attacking batsman.
"As in the previous games, it was Jos Buttler who came to England's rescue and with his simple method of blocking the good ball and smashing the bad ones, kept England's score ticking. He was happy to take a single whenever it was available knowing every run is vital and also showed confidence in the lower-order batsmen. Stuart Broad flourished in his company and they added runs at a good clip to add to India's woe," Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India.
India once again failed to capitalize the moment and England's lower order was good enough to take advantage. Gavaskar referred to a game played between the two countries back in 1932 when the English tail-enders took the game away from India despite a magnificent show from the bowlers.
"Way back in 1932 when India played its first ever Test match, Mohammad Nissar and Amar Singh had rocked the England top order and taken five wickets without conceding too many runs. It was then that the England lower-order batsmen, through a combination of grit, determination, and some luck, held on and added valuable runs that took the game away from India," Gavaskar wrote.
"Eighty-six years later, not much has changed as England's lower order batsmen once again thwarted India's bowlers and have given the English bowlers a good score to put pressure on the Indian batsmen.
"Indian bowlers were magnificent once again as they kept pegging away despite a solid start from Alastair Cook, playing his last Test, and his partnership with Moeen Ali. Both got labored half-centuries but did the job of staying at the crease. Then the tables turned with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma knocking over the next six batsmen without conceding too many runs. That gave hope that the tail would be wrapped up early in the morning what with the second new ball being only three overs old. But then it was back to 1932 again," Gavaskar added.
England is going strong with the ball as well. They knocked down India's 6 wickets in just 174 runs at the end of second day's play.